Many are saying that it is about time, others are calling it unprecedented and some fear that now that Establishment loyalist Comey is gone the swamp can be drained. Will President Trump find a replacement who isn’t controlled by those that they may be forced to investigate? It is not easy to find anyone who is not controlled in Washington these days. Will the President go with another lawyer or find a law enforcement officer to do what is essentially a law enforcement job?
The FBI was begun formally in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation ( BOI ). Then Attorney General ( AG ) Charles Bonaparte under the direction of President Teddy Roosevelt used Department of Justice ( DOJ ) funding to create an investigative service that reported only to the AG. The BOI’s first official act was to enforce the Mann Act of 1910. Known also as the ” White Slave Traffic Act ” that dealt with prostitution. During the prohibition years the BOI became the Division of Investigation ( DOI ), finally in 1935 the name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ). Serving as the domestic intelligence and security service, known also as the national law enforcement agency. It operates under the jurisdiction of the DOJ and through its intelligence gathering duties it is part of the US intelligence community. The FBI reports to both the AG and the Director of National Intelligence ( DNI ) in these matters.
J. Edgar Hoover is of course the FBI’s most well known director, serving a total of 48 years from 1924 to 1972. Hoover pushed for creation of the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory that helped law enforcement greatly in solving crimes. His hands on approach and involvement in every aspect within the FBI in the end made him too powerful. It is widely known that he gathered information on political leaders as well as criminals. Using the information to his advantage over the years. Hoover denied repeatedly that the Cosa Nostra ( Mafia ) existed in the US. Hoover and Robert Kennedy who served as AG 1-20-1961 to 9-3-1964 would often have heated arguments over the issue. The Mafia is said to have used Hoovers black mail tactics against him as they held photographs that compromised Hoover in these times. As everyone in Washington feared Hoover he was never fired. He remained until his death on 5-2-1972. Congress quickly enacted a law limiting the FBI director to 10 years to avoid anyone else from becoming so powerful in the position.
James Comey became director of the FBI on 9-4-2013 by appointment of President Barack Obama. An imposing figure standing 6’8″ he is known to be soft spoken. He first appeared in government as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York in December of 2002, appointed by the George W Bush, serving just under a year he was promoted to US Deputy Attorney General where he stayed for less than 2 years. Between 2005 and 2013 Comey was employed by Lockheed Martin until 2010 when he moved on to Bridgewater Associates a Hedge Fund company with clients that included pension funds, endowments, foreign governments, central banks and foundations. At the beginning of 2013 Comey was appointed as a board member, a director and Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member for the London based bank HSBC Holdings. HSBC has connections to the Clinton Foundation as Lockheed Martin did.
James Comey’s brother Peter works for the DLA Piper law firm serving as the Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas. This firm preformed the independent audit of the Clinton Foundation. How independent they were is very questionable as they were a major donation block to the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and Clinton Foundation donor base. From Lockheed Martin to HSBC to DLA Piper the Comey/Clinton connections are too close for comfort. This explains why the FBI never found Hillary Clinton to have broken any laws. By all ethical thought, director Comey and then AG Loretta Lynch should have recused themselves from any investigation involving Hillary Clinton as to their professional connections to her.
This type of Establishment insider hiring of the FBI director needs to be avoided in the future. President Trump has his hands full as he must find the right man or woman to oversee investigations that could include those within the Washington Establishment. The FBI has been hampered enough since its creation by the actions of questionable characters from Hoover to Comey. Much of draining the swamp will come through FBI investigations of wrongdoing by government officials. The Comey years of evasive and confusing statements is over, its time to move forward and not sideways.